The ideal living room is one that has versatility. In the summer months, it’ll be airy, cool and quiet. In the winter, it’ll be warm, snug and inviting. Most importantly, it’ll be a room that caters to everyone in the family – even the most energetic of toddlers.
In 2016, it’s easier than ever to create a welcoming, cosy living room that looks great and is easy to keep clean and tidy. In fact, the latest trend for "glamily rooms" (or glamorous family rooms) shows that timeless style doesn’t have to be compromised for practicality. Think muted neutral tones, rustic decor, and natural flourishes of wood, stone and dried flowers.
Check out these products from Tons of Tiles and other high street shops for more cosy glamily room inspiration...
Totem Wood-Effect Flooring & Electric Underfloor Heating,
Wood flooring is the perfect choice for a cosy living room, but it can be expensive and hard to maintain. Using beautiful wood-effect Totem flooring from Tons of Tiles, you can strike a happy medium between look and functionality. These tiles are crafted from porcelain and come in five sophisticated shades. They’re wipe-clean, hygienic and perfect for households with dogs and children.
Best of all? You can take cosy to a new level by pairing these sleek tiles with Tons of Tiles electric underfloor heating solutions. We stock easy-to-lay mats and loose heating cables, which sit snugly under tile flooring, providing uniform heating throughout the room.
For added comfort and luxury throw down a sheepskin rug, like this gorgeous one from Rockett St George.
Colour themes are very important to get right, winter morning greys are band on trend this autumn, are perfect for hiding dirt and will look brilliant against that wood-effect floor. John Lewis has a fantastic selection of designers guild emulsions which will help you create your cosy contemporary space.
Contemporary Sofa & Coffee Table
The main feature of any cosy living room is a great big inviting sofa that can accommodate at least half the family (and maybe one dog). When it comes to a glamily room, though, you’ll want to pick something with clean, elegant lines in a sophisticated shade.
Top tip: a corner sofa in a mid-shade with durable fabric will look stylish and be perfect for clambering kids, tired dads and muddy paws. We think this Jasper sofa from DFS ticks every box.
Pair that gorgeous sofa with a coffee table hiding some secret storage space. It’ll come in incredibly handy for tidying toys, DVDs and perhaps even the odd lost sock – and if you opt for something like this oak Habitat Max table it’ll look incredibly chic as well.
Soft Lighting & Plenty of Candles
Without the right lighting, your living room will never feel cosy. Instead of relying on one light source, position several around the room, using translucent shades to diffuse the light. We love the Scandi-inspired simplicity of this Thea tripod lamp from Very.
As for candles and fireplaces, it’s important that they should be treated with care when children are around. The ideal compromise is a heavy-bottomed hurricane lamp or lantern, which you can browse for at House of Fraser.
Lastly, don’t forget that you can add to a cosy atmosphere by burning a scented candle, or using an essential oil diffuser with your favourite fragrance.